Authorly Update

Greetings, friends! I come to you with a State of the Author address to catch you up on what’s happening in Land Donnelly. 🙂

For those who missed it, the Sweetest Kiss eBook is now available world wide. If you’ve already read it, tell others what you thought of it by leaving a rating or review. There’s tons of controversy surrounding reviews of late, but they really do have an impact, so thank you to everyone who’s already rated or reviewed one of my books. Even if you hated it. 🙂

An announcement here: The first three stories in this series are now available for pre-order in print, as well. 🙂 Their official publication date is August 30, 2018. I already got my author copies, and they look even better in print than they do on screen. I plan to do the same with the remaining stories as well. Four more rebels need to tell their tale, and I can’t wait!

Another big thing will be happening on August 30, 2018: The Royal Wizard will officially come out on audio! I finished the proofing yesterday and approved the files for production. The supremely talented Rachel Hine did such an amazing job bringing it to life. The little sample I shared doesn’t even do it justice. I absolutely love it, and that’s saying a lot, since audiobooks aren’t usually my thing. I hope you’ll check it out.

Last but not least, I’ve made a commitment to myself that my next book to be published will be Prince of Deceit, come hell or high water. This book has been a long time coming, and I know there are a lot of people eagerly waiting for its release. I’m sorry it’s taking me so long. All my good intentions went out the window in the last two years because of general life complications. I won’t bore you with the details, but suffice it to say I got slammed with issues from all fronts: day job, family, and personal health, and all of it combined made it really difficult to focus on a book this complex.

I’m back in the saddle now, making slow but steady progress and I’m hoping to have it finished in time for a 2019 release, if all goes according to plan. Considering my pace so far, and knowing how long the edits will take, that’s an ambitious goal, but it gives me something to aim for.  In the mean time, here’s a little excerpt from my progress so far:

I will have a new post up soon on my Ask Alianne page, continuing the How-To of self-publishing an Audiobook through Findaway Voices for anyone interested to know how it works. But now that I have some time to actually write, I think I’ll do that first. 🙂

Until next time!

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The Royal Wizard: Coming Soon to Audio

No one knows this, but I’ve wanted to get an audiobook produced since about 2014. That was the year Wolfen came out and my brother, a huge fan of all things zombie, informed me he would only “read” it if it was on audio. But as I looked around at my options, they all kind of sucked, so I put it on hold for many, many moons and, true to his word, my brother never even cracked the cover.

Fast forward to 2018 and a series of seemingly unrelated events that I now believe might have been a form of frustrated divine intervention. Why frustrated? Because it took me so freaking long to catch on and do something about it. A random conversation with my then-manager which included an offer to find me someone to record my audiobook, got filed into the back of my mind. A Facebook ad for an article on audiobook production appeared in my newsfeed at least fifteen times before I clicked on it (and it hasn’t reappeared since). And finally, the last one which refused to be ignored: an email from Smashwords, announcing their partnership with Findaway Voices.

The night I got that email, I logged into Smashwords, linked my account to Findaway Voices, and started snooping around. I figured it was my chance to get a more in-depth look and check things out. I kept telling myself, “I’ll just take one step and see how it works. Maybe one more after that…” and I kept going until I heard Rachel Hine narrating a five-minute sample of The Royal Wizard. That was the clincher right there. Once I heard it, there was no going back. I had to follow through to the end, just to hear my book narrated by her.

Of all my books, The Royal Wizard feels like the most natural choice to start with–it was inspired by a childhood dream of mine, and actually reminds me of fairy tales I used to listen to on the radio back in the day. Mind you, I had very specific ideas about how the book should sound, and I honestly thought my standards were too high but as it turns out, I just needed to find the right producer…

I think I found the right producer now. 🙂

So that’s my big announcement for this post. The estimated date of completion I got at the outset was July, but things happen (as they do), so the official publication and distribution date is still up in the air. I’ll share updates as I get them. My hope is to get all of my books out on audio eventually, but that i$ a ma$$ive undertaking that’ll take $ome time. For now, I’m testing the waters with this one and, if all goes well, Dragonblood will follow. I’ll get to Wolfen eventually, too. Once I figure out what the heck to do with it…

Until next time!

To update or… Wait. There is no Option B

How to tell when a writer is working: you don’t see her for months on end. Ever make a detailed, step-by-step action plan, only to have it get derailed at every single freaking step? That’s pretty much been my year so far. My plan was to write and finish Prince of Deceit and Dearest Love, and make some progress on Sweetest Kiss, all while doing the barest minimum on the business side. Well, Dearest Love is done and out, so yay for that. As for the rest… imagine me laughing anxiously while holding back frustrated growls. Instead of finishing my novel, I ended up writing a whole lot of other stuff (which I loved!), restructuring my entire business model (not so much with the love), and doing a bunch of stuff I hadn’t planned on, but which turned out to be necessary (long-suffering sigh).

Long story short, due to technical reasons with which I won’t bore you, I am having to change the Dragonblood series name. I did not come to this decision lightly. I’m not doing this just to get prettier covers (although they totally are!!). I’m doing it to correct a problem I’ve had with the series since before book 2 came out last year. The original series name had to be changed at the last second and because I was rushed for time, I ended up slapping on a new one that doesn’t really fit the series story line. This is something that has been pointed out by readers, reviewers, friends, and family, and has bothered me for almost two years.

So why now, rather than after Prince of Deceit? Because I recently started the process of moving/expanding my print distribution to IngramSpark, and a part of it involves reformatting the covers. So I can either make the change now, or duplicate my work later. For the sake of my own sanity, I’m opting to do it all now in one fell swoop.

Mind you, the stories themselves are not going to change. The book titles are not going to change. All that’s different is the series name and the covers. If you already have a previous print version of The Royal Wizard and/or Dragonblood, congrats. They are now limited first editions that could potentially be worth a lot of money in a few…decades. 😉 If you don’t, give the eBooks a gander. Check out the previews and see if they strike your fancy. Ya never know until you try! (*hint hint*)

Okay, that about covers the boring stuff. And now, without further ado, allow me to introduce you to the newly revamped Dawn of Ragnarok series, and reveal the cover for the third and final (planned) book: Prince of Deceit.

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Goodreads Giveaway!

DBSmallI’m giving away an autographed copy of Dragonblood over on Goodreads!

Deadline to enter is October 14, 2016.

Return to a world of fantasy where gods are fickle, demons fly in the night, and Ragnarok is almost at hand. The Royal Wizard has enchanted readers all over the world. Now Dragonblood ramps up both action and danger as an Aegiran prince fights for his tribe’s survival.

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Thank You Rebel Followers!

Dear friends,

Hello again! I have returned from my exotic Hawaii vacation refreshed, rejuvenated, and raring to go right back again. Seriously, my Zen took a huge hit upon reentering the big city. Apparently, I am still a small town girl at heart. Oh well… one day.

CatchMeBooksI wanted to write a quick note to thank my Rebel Court followers out loud for signing up for Catch Me. Your response has touched my heart, and I’m saving each and every one of them (which is  usually pretty creepy, but I’m a writer so I get a pass 😉 ). Your packages are all ready to go out in the mail tomorrow, so you should be getting them soon. 🙂

If you liked it, I hope you will tell your friends. I’m still doing this similar deal for the next book in the series, Dearest Love, except that one will be sent out daily. Sign up will be open all the way up until the first chapter goes out (date TBD) so if you know of anyone who enjoys erotic romance and Snow White, send them here to sign up.

If you haven’t read it or missed the sign up deadline, the complete novella is now available for pre-order everywhere. Check out the first 20% at the Smashwords link. The official release date is October 8, so coming up soon!

DearestLoveI’ve hit a bit of a writing slump, so progress is slow, but I am working on both Dearest Love and Prince of Deceit. The first one is tricky. These characters have history and they’re very eager to discuss it. At length. I’ve scrapped 3 chapters and started over again to make it more comprehensible, but getting them into bed together is proving to be a challenge. The thing is, the complications that make this difficult are actually what make it awesomely fun. I get to retell the story of Snow White in bits and pieces through the memories of her allies. Hopefully, by the time it’s all said and done, it will all make cohesive sense.

DBSmallThe second one is tricky for a whole other reason. I have too many focal points in the story, pulling me in too many directions. I need to figure out how to consolidate it without losing the richness of all that is happening in Wilderheim. Prince Fal has something of an apocalypse on his hands… I can’t say more because it would spoil Dragonblood, so if you haven’t read that one yet, please do! 😉 But I can say that Loki is back, and stirring up trouble wherever he goes. Religions will clash in a big way and the war will be terrible. I hope. Or, err… you know what I mean. Should be fun!

Anyway, I now return you all to your weekend enjoyment. 🙂

Until next time!